Humility doesn’t save a man eternally, but is sure saves him a ton of grief. Humility doesn’t change a man’s circumstances, but it helps him submit to God’s purposes amidst his circumstances. Humility doesn’t speed up answers to prayer, but it accelerates the acceptance of God’s will. Humility doesn’t make decisions for a man, but it inclines his heart toward decisions consistent with God’s plan. Humility doesn’t earn a man more of God’s love, but it helps him experience God’s love at a deeper level.
For these reasons Scripture has a great deal to say on the topic of humility:
Psalm 25:9 says ‘God guides and teaches the humble.’
Psalm 147:6 says ‘The Lord sustains the humble.’
Proverbs 11:2 says ‘Wisdom belongs to the humble.’
Proverbs 22:4 says ‘True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.’
Isaiah 57:15 says that the Lord personally dwells with and refreshes the humble.
Matthew 23:12 says that the humble with be exalted, and the exalted will be humbled.
And James 4:6 says that God is gracious to the humble.
Rewards, sustenance, wisdom, guidance, intimacy, grace, renewal, and revelation’all hinge on an attitude that accompanies our faith. The early-twentieth-century preacher and theologian Oswald Chambers called humility ‘the great characteristic of a saint.’ For all its benefits and blessings, humility is the best way to go for God’s man. In fact, it’s the only way to go.